Hen gasping, no other symptoms

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by LisaCammie, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. LisaCammie

    LisaCammie In the Brooder

    My hen is about 7 months old. She was given to me back in November. I believe she is probably a Cornish X. Let me say up front that I have no intention of eating her and I don't believe her problem is related to the typical problems of the Cornish X breeds. She has been laying eggs for a month and is very active. Two days ago I noticed that she was breathing heavily so I kept an eye on her. Yesterday she was breathing with her mouth open and was only half-heartedly scratching. I brought her in and put her in a dog crate. She's ****** - wants to be out with her posse. Last night she was gasping for air everytime she took a breath. She didn't seem to be gasping as much this morning until I gave her some water and a little food (layer pellets mashed up with olive oil and water in case it's impacted crop). Her wattels and comb are their normal red color. She doesn't seem to act like she feels bad at all. Her appetite is normal and she's drinking. She laid an egg in the dog crate after I got her inside. Yesterday her poop was normal but smaller than usual but today it was mostly water. I had thought it might be impacted crop - the crop felt squishy but wasn't sticking out like a golf ball, as I've heard it described. No sour smell to her breath. I gave her Duramyacin10 yesterday and this morning just in case it was a respiratory issue but haven't seen any change. She's never been wormed. I was going to wait until February to worm when it's warmer but now I'm wondering if I should worm her now just to be safe. I have wazine and valbazin. If I worm her should I start with wazine or go straight to valbazin.
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    The worming couldn't hurt. Is she very heavy? It could be she's out of breath due to her weight....Could be a heart problem because, those breeds aren't genetically engineered to live very long....Poor thing could be having an issue with her heart.

    It's possible too, that she could have a respiratory infection.....

    So sorry to hear she's having problems. I'm grasping at straws, really.
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    If she's a cornish x, her weight may be having an effect on her respiratory system. Their body basically outgrows everything else including lung capacity for breathing normally. It would be a waste of time worming her, she may not last that long. Duramycin 10 isnt the answer nor any other antibiotic, they simply wont help. Duramycin 10 has a 21 day withdrawal period.
  4. LisaCammie

    LisaCammie In the Brooder

    Thanks for your input, guys. As it turns out, she had something stuck in her throat. It took quite a few days of olive oil to get it to go down - too far down to come back up. I do understand that she won't live a very long life and I considered the fact that she might have to be put down when I wasn't sure what was wrong with her. She's just not ready to go yet. Gertie lives on!

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